Cindy came by her love of music early. She studied piano from elementary school through her early years in college and played organ for churches in the Daingerfield area. So, she has always loved music and was ecstatic when she and her husband moved to Tyler and learned that it had its own symphony orchestra—The East Texas Symphony Orchestra (ETSO). She immediately began going to concerts and was delighted to be asked to join the Women’s Symphony League of Tyler. She’s been volunteering in the WSL for 44 years and has served as President twice. She also has served on the ETSO Board, and on the board of the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras.
Cindy and her husband love to travel and seek out beautiful gardens to tour across the U.S. and Europe. She is a passionate home cook and enjoys entertaining with her husband. Since retiring, she has become obsessed with mah-jongg and plays regularly with a group of special friends. Her concern during the school closings with the pandemic also found her on Zoom every afternoon at 4 pm reading long-distance to her precious grandchildren.
INTRODUCING OUR CLASS OF 2020 VOLUNTEER COUNCIL MEMBERS
By Sharon Hatchett, Chair Member Recruitment
As Chair of the Volunteer Council’s Member Recruitment Committee, I am pleased to introduce you to our newest members of the Volunteer Council:
Sally Bullard joins us from The Philadelphia Orchestra where she served in numerous leadership roles over the years, including as President of all of the volunteer committees, as well as serving as chair of her own committee and chair for multiple events and initiatives for the orchestra. Sally is also no stranger to the Volunteer Council, as she also served as President of the Association of Major Symphony Orchestras Volunteers (AMSOV). In that capacity Sally served as AMSOV’s liaison to our Volunteer Council and actively participated in our meetings and activities.
Darlene Clark joins us from the Houston Symphony Orchestra where she currently serves as Vice President – Education and as a Board Member of the Texas Association for Symphony Orchestras (TASO). Darlene’s leadership experience also includes serving as Past President of the Houston Symphony League, among other leadership responsibilities, including serving as Chair of the Ima Hogg Competition for the Houston Symphony last year which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Donna Hoffman is joining us from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra (OPO), where she served as President of the Friends of the Philharmonic, until becoming a member of the Volunteer Council. In addition, Donna’s leadership experience includes serving on the OPO Board, and in that capacity, she was appointed to the OPO Executive Committee. Donna is also past Chair of the OPO Human Resources Committee and was recently appointed emeritus to the OPO Board. She chaired numerous events while on the Board, in addition to carrying out the work of the Friends of the Philharmonic.
If you are not familiar with the Volunteer Council, I encourage you to check out this link: https://www.americanorchestras.org/board-members-volunteers/volunteers/league-volunteer-council.html.
Our Recruitment Process
Potential candidates for the Volunteer Council are identified from among a number of groups including:
• Leaders from volunteer associations who regularly attend Conference. We make it a point to get to know them.
• Candidates recommended by the AMSOV President. The sitting AMSOV President serves on the VC for a two-year term in an ex-officio capacity.
• Leaders from organizations who are recommended by current VC members whose terms are drawing to a close.
• Prospects recommended by our Sustainers (i.e., former VC members).
• Candidates identified by the VC based on committee outreach to various orchestras.